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Noted astrophysicist Dr Jayant Narlikar has said that the world might be closer to finding answer to the question as to whether the living organisms are found elsewhere in the universe.          

The curiosity about extra-terrestrial (ET) life was age-old, and had stirred the human imagination for long thanks to old folk tales and the modern science fiction films; but the time had come to demystify the mystery, Narlikar said.        

He said this while delivering the 22nd Dr Yelavarthy Nayudamma Memorial Lecture on 'Are we alone in the universe?' after receiving the Nayudamma Memorial Award here on Saturday.         

The study of bacterium found high above the earth's surface may yield answer to this question in the near future, he said.    

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